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  • 03. April 2014

    A LONG WAY DOWN in Swiss theaters

    Zurich Film Festival presents the film adaption of the Nick Hornby classic A LONG WAY DOWN in collaboration with DCM, the Swiss producers of the film

  • 28. March 2014

    Indian Cinema: Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood

    ZFF focuses on the development of a promising national film scene in its New World View section. This year’s guest country is India. Emerging from the shadow of the subcontinent’s mass cinema Bollywood tradition and enjoying growing national success is a young, independent film scene with productions that ...

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    ZFF focuses on the development of a promising national film scene in its New World View section. This year’s guest country is India. Emerging from the shadow of the subcontinent’s mass cinema Bollywood tradition and enjoying growing national success is a young, independent film scene with productions that approach new themes with fresh narrative styles. ZFF will screen ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block.
     

    Namaste! – For its tenth edition, the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) welcomes India as its New World View section guest. In doing so, ZFF highlights a country with a tradition spanning more than 100 years of cinematic history and a production output – between 800 and 1000 films annually – that makes it the globe’s undisputed number 1. It is, however, not the formally corseted mass cinema tradition known in the west as Bollywood that is of interest, but the latest developments in the type of auteur film that first came to the world’s attention in the mid 50s thanks to such luminaries of the so-called Indian New Wave as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.
     

    In explaining the decision to choose India, the co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said, “new Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent.” It is among young filmmakers that the change is most visible. The festival-directors go on to say, “New projects have been realised over the past few years that undermine common stereotypes. The movement from mainstream to independent cinema is unmistakable. This development is incredibly exciting.”

    M.K. Lokesh, the Ambassodor of India to Switzerland, is delighted by the festival's choice: “Over the years, the Indian film industry has achieved a very high level of technical standards and directional skills. In the Indo-Swiss context, the Indian cinema, by capturing the natural beauty of Switzerland in many films, contributed to Swiss popularity among Indian tourists. It is befitting that the Zurich Film Festival is showcasing India as the guest country this year.”

    Indeed, Indian festival entries are usually and rightfully praised for their thematic freshness and high cinematic quality. The best examples of these attributes include Vasan Balas’ promising debut PEDDLERS, a captivating relationship drama in the form of a thriller; the romantic comedy THE LUNCHBOX by newcomer Ritesh Batra, and the family/gangster saga GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, Anurag Kashyap’s „Indian Godfather“ (NZZ am Sonntag) - with a budget of 45 M USD, the most expensive non-Bollywood production to date.
     

    It was not only with the launching of THE LUNCHBOX in 2013 that ZFF reacted early to the subcontinent’s cinematic signals; guest in Zurich and highly successful producer Guneet Monga (THE LUNCHBOX, THE GANGS OF WASSEYPUR and PEDDLERS) also offered a preview of things to come during her ZFF Master Class. Bollywood bastion Yash Raj Films hired Guneet Monga’s for the international sales and distribution of the adolescent drama TITLI – an indication that the traditional Indian film scene is giving independent domestic cinema a commercial chance.
     

    The programme of this year’s New World View section will showcase ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block. The short film block is curated through our collaboration with the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Details of the programme will be released at a later date.


  • 26. March 2014

    3rd International Film Music Competition - enter now!

    What would Sergio Leone’s "Once Upon a Time in the West" be without the man with the harmonica? Who doesn’t reminisce over Holly Golightly’s enchanting window frame performance of “Moon River”? The theory that music is as integral to every film production as the images themselves is ...

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    What would Sergio Leone’s "Once Upon a Time in the West" be without the man with the harmonica? Who doesn’t reminisce over Holly Golightly’s enchanting window frame performance of “Moon River”? The theory that music is as integral to every film production as the images themselves is not a recent one. The last evening with Simba and co was probably some years ago, but as soon as Hans Zimmer’s Lion King soundtrack begins to play, the images come flooding back.
     

    Roll the film, open your ears!

     Despite its need for highly demanding artistry and its indisputable far-reaching diversity, the soundtrack continues to play a supporting role – yet another reason to pay due regard to this widely neglected genre of music and its makers in 2014. Zurich Film Festival, in collaboration with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Forum Filmmusik, will therefore organize the 3rdedition of the International Music Film Competition on October 1, 2014.

     

    Competition schedule and music concert

    The competition requires entrants to set Axel Tillement’s 6-minute short film "Maximall" to music. The five best scores will be premiered under the baton of Frank Strobel on October 1 during a film music concert at the Tonhalle in Zurich. This year’s film music concert will celebrate German composer and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer: In addition to award-winning classics such as "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Gladiator", the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich will also sprinkle a little Hollywood glitter throughout the concert hall performing arrangements for more recent film successes such as "Inception" and "Sherlock Holmes". An international jury of experts will bring the evening to a fitting close by presenting the winning composition with the “Golden Eye for Best International Film Music 2014”, an award endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize.

    Conditions of participation

    “Maximall”, the film which participants are required to set to music, can be downloaded herefrom today onwards. The documents required for entry (registration form, mp3 audio data and score) are available for download starting April 15. Composers of any age, any nationality and any domicile who have not set more than 3 feature films (longer than 60 minutes) to music are eligible to participate. There is a registration fee of  € 75; register before May 31, 2014 and pay just € 50. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2014.

     

    For further information about the Film Music Competition, the competition regulations and the film music concert, please visit: www.filmmusikwettbewerb.ch.

     

  • 06. March 2014

    IWC Schaffhausen to be ZFF’s New Co-Partner

    Zurich Film Festival is delighted to announce its new co-partnership with the time-honoured Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. Zurich Film Festival has found in IWC a partner with a long list of engagements in the film industry and a committed supporter of film.

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    Zurich Film Festival is delighted to announce its new co-partnership with the time-honoured Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. Zurich Film Festival has found in IWC a partner with a long list of engagements in the film industry and a committed supporter of film.

    Festival Co-Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri enthused: "We’re very happy that we’ll be working closely with IWC Schaffhausen in the future. A global brand from Switzerland fits in perfectly with a festival that has an international presence and reputation.

    Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen is equally delighted with the partnership: "We are proud of our new link to the much-respected Zurich Film Festival and of having the chance to support international filmmakers and promising young talent on a stage close to home", said Kern, who went on to say: "We are pleased that we can express our passion for the world of film with others who share it. Film directors tell stories with their works, and at IWC storytelling is a fundamental component of our branding."

    With this several-year agreement, IWC Schaffhausen once again displays its passion for film. In addition to cooperating with other international film festivals, this luxury watch manufacturer also maintains long-term friendly relations with various personalities from the entertainment industry including such Hollywood greats as Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and director Marc Forster.

    The first joint event will be held during the 10th Zurich Film Festival, which takes place from September 25 to October 5, 2014. In addition to other activities, IWC Schaffhausen will organise a special Gala Evening in the presence of renowned celebrities.

  • 24. February 2014

    New film magazine FRAME available now

    FRAME is finally on the market! The new film magazine for Switzerland will be released quarterly as a supplement in the NZZ am Sonntag. It can also be purchased at k-kiosks and as an E-Paper on iTunes. The next edition will be released May 11, 2014.

  • 21. February 2014

    New Film Magazine FRAME

    NZZ am Sonntag and Zurich Film Festival launches a new Swiss film magazine. FRAME takes a quarterly look behind the scenes of the film and entertainment industry and provides in-depth reports about its most important players. The first edition appears on February 23 as a supplement in the NZZ am ...

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    NZZ am Sonntag and Zurich Film Festival launches a new Swiss film magazine. FRAME takes a quarterly look behind the scenes of the film and entertainment industry and provides in-depth reports about its most important players. The first edition appears on February 23 as a supplement in the NZZ am Sonntag. It will be available to purchase at k-kiosks from Monday onwards.

    Film fans will get the chance this coming Sunday to acquaint themselves with FRAME magazine, Zurich Film Festival and NZZ am Sonntag’s new joint publishing venture – and hopefully the beginning of a beautiful friendship. With an edition of 140'000, FRAME is the German-speaking region’s highest circulation periodical offering analyses and reviews by competent critics to a broad readership. FRAME journeys behind the screen and beyond Hollywood to explore in detail the magical cosmos that is cinema. “With its well-founded and entertaining background articles, FRAME fuels a passion for the latest cinema films and casts a positive light on the Swiss film scene», explains Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, Co-Directors of Zurich Film Festival. Felix E. Müller, the NZZ am Sonntag’s Editor-in-Chief adds: “Films and TV series are the cultural high-flyers of our time. They appeal to all age groups, from teenagers to so-called golden agers. We want to react to this interest with FRAME, a journalistic and visually ambitious magazine offering background articles, portraits and services. Promising this attractive magazine are the two powerful, young brands behind FRAME: ZFF and NZZ am Sonntag.“ Christian Jungen, Film Editor of NZZ am Sonntag, which is responsible for the editorial supervision of the magazine, is delighted with this new challenge: „With the aim of expressing our passion for the seventh art in a way that is infectious, FRAME engages young critics and noble feuilletonists to write about the films, series and cineastes they both know and love.” FRAME deliberately views the world through a wide-angle lens.

    The attention of FRAME’s makers is directed just as much toward home cinema. Because the boundaries between the two visual media are increasingly blurred, a good deal of creative potential migrates to the series providers. Therefore, in addition to the classical genre of film, FRAME also presents new TV series and reveals what video-on-demand titles are worth watching.

    This double challenge is already mirrored in the content of the first issue, which introduces Charlotte Gainsbourg as the muse of Lars von Trier, offers Kevin Spacey a chance to talk about the political web series HOUSE OF CARDS, get’s the lowdown on the big business behind the Oscars, reports on the latest developments in Cuban cinema and presents an in-depth interview with Bernhard Burgener, the influential Chief Exectutive Officer at Constantin Film.

    FRAME appears four times a year as a supplement in the NZZ am Sonntag. It can also be purchased from February 24, 2014 at k-kiosks (CHF 9.80) or online as an e-paper for iPad. Both ZFF and NZZ am Sonntag are responsible for advertisement acquisition. Issue 2 of FRAME will appear on May 11, 2014.

  • 18. February 2014

    ZFF optimises competititon structure

    ZFF rearranges its competition section into three categories: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film and Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria.

    The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25,000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two ...

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    ZFF rearranges its competition section into three categories: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film and Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria.

    The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25,000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 20,000 cash prize will be awarded in the competition category Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria by a separate jury. The cash endowment is to be shared equally between director and producer of winning films in all three categories. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

    The Swiss Talents Award endowed with a CHF 10,000 cash prize will be awarded for the first time in 2014 to a Swiss film in the official 10th Zurich Film Festival program. All Swiss films by a first, second or third time director are eligible.

  • 09. February 2014

    Call for Entries starts February 15

    Only few days until the new festival season officially starts! Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox.

    We're looking forward to receiving many exceptional film entries. For more information regarding submissions, please contact Thao Duong or click here.

  • 05. February 2014

    The countdown has started - only three weeks left until the release of FRAME

    NZZ am Sonntag and Zurich Film Festival unveil the film magazine FRAME, hot off the press on February 23! With 140'000 copies, the most circulated film magazine in the German-language realm will be published four times annually and included as a supplement to the NZZ am Sonntag. FRAME will ...

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    NZZ am Sonntag and Zurich Film Festival unveil the film magazine FRAME, hot off the press on February 23! With 140'000 copies, the most circulated film magazine in the German-language realm will be published four times annually and included as a supplement to the NZZ am Sonntag. FRAME will also be available at newsstands or digitally as E-Paper on the iTunes Store.


  • 04. February 2014

    A LONG WAY DOWN celebrates Swiss premiere

    Hollywood returns to Zurich on February 11 - Zurich Film Festival presents the film adaption of the Nick Hornby classic A LONG WAY DOWN in collaboration with DCM, the Swiss producers of the film. Two of the most popular film stars and leading actors of the film will be present at ...

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    Hollywood returns to Zurich on February 11 - Zurich Film Festival presents the film adaption of the Nick Hornby classic A LONG WAY DOWN in collaboration with DCM, the Swiss producers of the film. Two of the most popular film stars and leading actors of the film will be present at the Swiss premiere: Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette! An additional highlight is the unveiling of the film magazine FRAME - launched by NZZ am Sonntag and Zurich Film Festival.